Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Christa-Cathey

Judy Christa-Cathey

VP Global Brand Marketing Hampton Hotels & Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide

Judy Christa-Cathey is the Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, Hampton Hotels and Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide. She is responsible for the development and execution of the Hampton hotels and Hilton Garden Inn global branding strategies including brand positioning, advertising, interactive relationship strategies, promotions and public relations. Ms. Christa-Cathey also co-created the Hampton Save-A-Landmark community program which was awarded a US Presidential Award for Preservation- the first time a hotel was ever given this recognition and an award from the Smithsonian museum for the program. Her prior travel industry experience includes market planning, direct marketing, promotions and public relations with Southwest Airlines. She was Vice President of Marketing for Adventure Tours USA (an international charter and tour operator), and Vice President/Account Executive for Roth Graham, a leading travel industry and targeted marketing agency. Ms. Christa-Cathey was recently named one of HSMAI's top 25 extraordinary minds in marketing in 2011. This honor is awarded to the best sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries and recipients are judged on creativity and innovation; cutting edge sales or marketing campaigns; triumph in challenging situations; and sales efforts that resulted in dramatic gains. Under her leadership, both Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Hotels have grown exponentially, both domestically and internationally, throughout her tenure. Ms. Christa-Cathey received her MBA from the University of Dallas and BA in communications from Western Illinois University. She is also on the board of directors for The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) and was Co-Chair for the 2008 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards, honoring Al Gore and Diane Nash.

Ms. Christa-Cathey can be contacted at 901-374-5954 or judy.christa-cathey@hilton.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.